The fastest watch in the world
In 2010, six years after the release of the Bugatti Type 370, which marked the beginning of its partnership with Bugatti, Parmigiani Fleurier unveiled a new watchmaking feat that once again defied established conventions. The Bugatti Super Sport, designed to evoke its namesake, was launched on the wrist of a Bugatti driver, who crossed the finishing line with a top speed of 431 km/h. In a split second, the Bugatti Super Sport became the fastest watch in the world.
In a world first, Parmigiani Fleurier successfully developed a time setting system set at 90°, with the dial positioned perpendicular to the movement's axis. The Manufacture achieved this feat by incorporating a system of double pinions with bevel gearing into the heart of the movement. These mechanical components are common in the automotive sector but had previously never been used in watchmaking.
The rose gold or red gold case of the Bugatti Super Sport is of a complexity rarely seen in watchmaking, and constitutes a major accomplishment for Les Artisans Boîtiers, the case production unit of the Parmigiani Fleurier Watchmaking Centre. Its design is intended to reproduce the taut lines of the Bugatti Veyron's wings. Brushed or polished, the tapered surfaces and chamfers come to life in the light, enhancing the generous volumes of the piece. The watch's aerodynamic curves, which are reminiscent of those on the 1200 bhp Bugatti Veyron, are matched with an integral Hermès strap specially created for the occasion.
The profile of the Bugatti Super Sport adopts the iconic drop shape of a Parmigiani Fleurier watch lug. The watch therefore keeps the brand's undeniable stylistic signature in spite of its revolutionary aesthetics and stays true to the symbolic curves chosen by Michel Parmigiani. The Bugatti Super Sport is ergonomic to wear thanks to the two removable lugs at the front of the watch.
Hand-wound & power reserve movement
The PF372 movement was designed as a cascade, on two planes, to mimic the curved lines of the Bugatti Super Sport. On the wrist, the movement of the watch is presented at a 30° angle. On the topside, the balance and escape wheel bridges form an arc reminiscent of the Bugatti oval. The balance features screws created by atokalpa – Parmigiani Fleurier's bar-turning facility – and is entirely visible, as is the circular bridge of the power reserve, calibrated to 10 days and placed in the centre. This hand-wound movement has a power reserve of 10 days and is water-resistant to 10 metres.
Hours, minutes, Power reserve